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277 posts
Nov 10, 2020
7:12 PM
What are your favorite songs for performance with Country Tuned Diatonics. The two that I hear most often are Georgia and Over the Rainbow. Favorite could mean crowd-pleasing or simply fun to play. Trying to expand a bit during the pandemic.

All the best,
Jay
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GamblersHand
724 posts
Nov 11, 2020
12:43 AM
Those are the main two I hear as well. Perhaps try "My Baby Just Cares for Me" as it's a tune with a major 7th in the head melody.

They are also good for 5th position standard minor key songs, as the 5 draw is no longer an avoid note. Songs like St James Infirmary work well - I use my Bb CT to play Dm.

Also try them in 3rd position over major key blues. You now can bend the 5 draw to get the "blue third" between the major and minor thirds.
LFLISBOA
97 posts
Nov 11, 2020
5:12 AM
Jerry Portnoy recorded "I Can't Remember To Forget" with a country tuned. Steve Baker usually record some songs with this tuning too. I seems a win/win situation since you can bend the 5 draw to get the original richter note too.
Martin
1666 posts
Nov 11, 2020
6:24 AM
The 5OB is a bitch, so I have used CT when I´ve played "It´s been a hard dayd´s night" as an instrumental. The B theme ("When I´m home ..." etc) sounds awful if OB:d. (Then, on the other hand, the major 7 is really handy when you play the rest of the song ... so I´ve sometimes just moved the B theme to the upper octave.)
Spderyak
367 posts
Nov 13, 2020
7:03 AM
I wanted to mention Charlie McCoy often used country tuning. He lists every harp he uses on every tune he's every recorded (or most every one) on his website for free if you want to check it out.
A couple of tunes that have me interested of his currently are
Basin Street Blues
Whiskey Before Breakfast
for example
WinslowYerxa
1718 posts
Nov 13, 2020
5:29 PM
There are some trad tunes (Can't say "fiddle tunes" without incurring the wrath of a certain Irish harmonica player) that lie really well in second position but use a major scale.

Flowers of Edinburgh is one, and also Spootiskerry and the St. Kilda Wedding.

I've also used it for some of my originals, such as Dauphine, which I think I've posted here before.
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